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Subject: Hey you don't know me but you don't like me....
Been revisiting January 1978 lately, and this show had some surprises - it's really too bad the second set gets truncated, because they really start to burn during Eyes, and the space that follows contains the last instance of a tiger jam that I know of by about a year and a half (I could easily be wrong about about this), and they continue to pound it most of the way that slow and very heavy NFA too. Nice.
I disagree with the 'flat and uninspired' reviewer. This show is far from the best, but they are playing well, with the typical heavy energy that made this early '78 period special. Even by April, their sound would change a bit and some of that power is lost.
Anyways, this is a good show with several great performances: specifically, the Cassidy, Loser, Deal, and Let it Grow are top notch. Loser, despite Jerry's ragged voice, has a very powerful instrumental break with excellent ensemble work.
Jack Straw, Looks Like Rain, and Samson and Delilah are all good versions too. SQ is not great, but it's definitely better than the following night.
Subject: Good show, fair sound
Most of this show is quite good, though the sound is indeed muddy at times, and something went seriously wrong with recording Keith's piano -- highly, highly distorted at times. As someone else mentioned the NFA is out of this world.
At exactly what point did this arrest of the sound man happen?
Subject: brilliant Jack Straw Candyman & NFA! LISTEN
Just when I thought I had heard the best of the Dead in their prime, I became enlightened again. The second set of this show is a delivery of their absolutely brilliant late '77/early '78 power.
Subject: The Grateful Deads Last bakersfield show
I was there front, and center. A great show it was. .. until the BPD moved in on their sound tech for drinking wine and disrupted the show. It was absolutely unnecessary as everyone in th eplace was smoking lots of pot and drinking openly. Jerry declared they would NEVER return, and then proceeded to finish the show... they just rushed the remainder of songs to meet the contract agreement. You could tell they lost their heart after that incident. This explains an earlier comment about how they seemed to be agitated...
Subject: eyes space
average mix, balance seems messed up in parts, but its listenable.
I enjoyed how the eyes dissolved into chaos and then outerspace, even if its kinda sloppy and never hit the big jam out. Its like the band got frustrated and decided to obliterate the song and freaked out hard. The space is definately the best part. lend an ear just for that.
good ganja music ;)
Subject: Not so good
I think the band sounds flat and uninspired. The mix is below average too. There are a lot of shows one should check out before wasting bandwidth here.